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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Proper grassroots Rugby League returns

    Skirlaugh RLFC v Hunslet Parkside (kick-off 12:30 GMT)

    Skirlaugh player in action

    The first round of the 2020 Challenge Cup will see 44 teams battle for a spot in the second round of the competition.

    37 English amateur clubs, the Scottish, Welsh & Irish champions, three Armed Forces teams and the British Police team hope to progress further into the competition with Championship and League One teams joining in March at round four and Super League opposition from the fifth round.

    Our coverage begins today as Skirlaugh welcome Hunslet Parkside in the first round of the competition.

    Hoping to make the most of home advantage are Skirlaugh, whose old boys include Danny Washbrook and Jamie Shaul – themselves Challenge Cup winners with Hull FC – and Steve McNamara, who coached Catalans Dragons to Wembley success in 2018. The east Yorkshire club, who play in the National Conference League Division 1, failed to progress further than the first round last year, losing to Dewsbury Moor.

    Their opponents, Hunslet Parkside, have enjoyed recent success in league competition winning four consecutive National Conference League titles between 2015 and 2018. The Leeds-based side enjoyed a successful cup run in 2018, before succumbing to League 1 Workington Town in the third-round. Hunslet is the junior club of Great Britain internationals Garry Schofield and Sam Burgess.

  2. BBC coverage

    The BBC will show games from each round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup live on the BBC Sport website and app and on TV in 2020.

    One match will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website for the first five rounds of the competition.

    From the sixth round onwards, coverage switches to BBC One and BBC Two every weekend up to and including the final at Wembley on 18 July.

    Saturday, 11 January

    Skirlaugh RLFC v Hunslet Parkside 12:30-14:30: Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer

  3. What is the Challenge Cup?

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    Video caption: Challenge Cup: Warrington Wolves beat St Helens 18-6

    The Challenge Cup is a knockout rugby league cup competition held annually since 1896, with the exception of 1915–1919 and 1939–1940. It involves amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs.

    The teams from the top tier of rugby league, known as the Super League, enter the Cup in the fifth and sixth rounds, with the final of the prestigious competition held at Wembley Stadium.

    The current holders of the Challenge Cup are Warrington Wolves who stunned St Helens to win the Challenge Cup for the ninth time.

    Wigan Warriors are the most successful club in the history of the competition, winning the cup a record 19 times.

  4. Inspired to play rugby league?

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    Fancy giving rugby league a go yourself?

    There are so many different versions of the sport, so there is something to suit everyone, regardless of your age, gender or ability.

    Visit our Get Inspired Activity Guide to find out how you can get started and our Activity Finder to get into rugby league near you.

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    Video caption: Rugby League: "the speed of an Olympic sprinter and the impact of a car crash"